Saturday, January 25, 2014

Who is really the boss here?

 I've been thinking…. 
My dogs listen pretty well. I get compliments on their good behavior and manners often but I still think we have a little more work to do. I sometimes wonder who they really think the boss is. I have been reading about the dynamics of the Pack and how to be a leader but sometimes it just sucks all the fun out of being a dog owner. Sure, your dog needs to achieve that "balance" but it is just flat out exhausting sometimes. Being a Texan, I know all too well how much manners matter, but is there more to being a leader than just making sure your dogs have good manners? Definitely! 

I could go on and on about what the trainers say and give advice, but my blog would be no different from the 1,000's of others out there. What I want to know is how many of us are doggy door mats? Do you have an ideal canine? Or do you have a Marley Junior on your hands?
What do you do to keep from being a door mat? Positive reinforcement? Long walks? Mental stimulation?

At our house we participate in D. All of the above. Long walks, interactive toys, and positive reinforcement training. I would say I am the boss about 95% of the time. The remaining 5% they are being bossed around by our Maine Coon mix or they seem to have developed selective hearing at the park. 

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Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Capture 28 moments in the Life of your Pet

Everyone knows February is the month of LOVE! What better way to show the love your have for your pet than to capture those special moments during their everyday life. 
Each day of February you have a challenge to post to Instagram. Snap, upload, crop, add a filter and share! Don't forger to add #SoutherWagPhotoChallenge. 
Be creative, think outside the box and have fun! I can not wait to see your photos!

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Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Identity Crisis for 4 please!

How many nicknames do you have for your pets? I think mine have an identity crisis! 

We have 2 dogs and 2 cats and each of them have about 10 different names I call them.  Bless their little hearts because they answer to each and every one of them! Their "real" names are Bailey, Tucker, Cheeto and Smalls. Some of their nicknames are Pumpkin, My Love, Cheeto-Burrito, Cry Baby, Bee, Tucker Bear,  on the rare occasion it's the four letter word that rhymes with Tucker(with an "er"attached at the end) because sometimes he is a VERY bad boy, Boo-Boo, Farah (because of her flippy hair) and BBP (Big Back Porch). 

As I am typing these I am realizing #1 that I felt the need to justify these nicknames and #2 how silly they are! 

Please reassure me I am not alone in this crazy pet lady habit! I love these guys to death so I am just hoping they think of these nicknames as terms of endearment! 

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